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The Best Method Of Mosquito Control For Your Oklahoma City Yard

July 03, 2022

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Mosquitoes in Oklahoma City can ruin a relaxing summer evening on your backyard patio. Nothing is more infuriating than slapping the back of your neck as you try to kill these buzzing, frustrating creatures. If mosquitoes are destroying your outdoor fun, you need the help of the best Oklahoma City pest control team, Epoch Pest Solutions.

The Life Cycle Of Common Mosquitoes

Mosquito eggs are deposited in or near stagnant water of a pond, marsh, birdbath, saucers of flowerpots, outdoor containers, or on nearby plants. In most cases, the eggs hatch within a day of being laid, and newly formed larva emerge. The legless, wormlike wigglers feed for the next seven days on plant and animal particles in the water. Over the next week, they will shed their skins (molt) three times.

When a larvae sheds its skin for the fourth time, it enters the pupal stage. In this stage, the pupa does not eat and grows sluggish. Whenever the water surface is disturbed, the pupa tumbles below the surface in its pupal case and floats back to the top. After two days to a week, the pupa emerges from its pupal case as an adult.

Adult mosquitoes are about 1/8 to 3/8 inches long, have a grey to black body, and have six legs. Due to their minuscule size and activity from dawn to dusk, they are hard to see.

Why Mosquitoes Are Considered So Dangerous

Mosquitoes feed off of the blood of a host. If the host has a disease, the mosquito will transmit the infection to the next host. The high volume of mosquitoes plus their role in spreading diseases, classify them as one of the deadliest creatures in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates up to 1 million people are killed annually due to mosquito-transmitted infections.

The following is a list of diseases caused by mosquitoes in the United States in recent years:

  • Eastern equine encephalitis. 

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is rare but is deadly in about 30% of cases. Currently, no vaccines or medications are available for this disease. 

  • West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is the leading mosquito-borne illness in the United States. Most people who contract this disease do not get sick, however, in rare cases (1 in 150), severe illness and death have occurred. No medications are available to prevent or treat this disease. 

  • Dengue fever

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in four people who contract Dengue fever will get sick. Symptoms include nausea, rash, aches, and pains. Most recover from the disease within a week, but some people require hospitalization. 

  • Malaria

Mosquitoes and malaria seem to be synonymous. Each year about 2,000 cases of malaria occur in the United States. In most cases, it is a result of travel to the sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia regions and not from mosquito bites in the U.S. Unlike the diseases mentioned above, antibiotic treatments exist.

Factors That Attract Mosquitoes To Your Yard

Standing water in nearby retention ponds, swamps, large puddles, and inlets is the main factor that will attract mosquitoes to your yard. If these are not nearby and you have a mosquito problem, then the following may be a source:

  • Drainage ditches in the yard

  • Birdbaths

  • Air conditioner drip trays

  • Children's playsets

  • Potted plant saucers. 

  • Wet piles of leaves

  • Old tires

Anything in the yard that can collect and retain water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitos. 

The Most Effective Mosquito Control For Your Yard

The most effective way to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard is to eliminate any areas of standing water. Most mosquito species don't travel far from breeding grounds and the elimination of any stagnant water in or near your yard will reduce the mosquito population.

If you want to kill all mosquitoes, you will need the effective pest control services of our licensed team at Epoch Pest Solutions. If you hope to enjoy time in your yard free from mosquitoes, reach out to us and let us solve your mosquito infestation problem. 

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